Wednesday, October 25, 2006

World Still Wonders if Tan Nguyen is Guilty

Maybe not the whole world but just portions thereof. I am anyway.

OK! Quick paragraph to get you up to speed if you missed the news on this:

A forged letterhead topped a mailer written in Spanish and sent to Spanish voters in Orange County, California. One line in the mailer said, - "Be advised that if your residence in the United States is illegal or if you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that can result in incarceration, and possible deportation for voting without the right to do so." (Translation taken from letter to U.S. Attorney General) - Involved was a Republican running for California's 47th Congressional District against Lorreta Sanchez, Tan Nguyen. - Tan said he knew nothing about the letter (still says so at the time of this posting), fired a staffer, state Department of Justice has opened a voting rights investigation. Tan Nguyen, who is running on an Anti-Illegal Immigration platform, has had his offices and home searched by the feds, his computers were confiscated, mucky-mucks from both sides of the aisle including Gov. Schwartzenegger want him to quit his run for congress and Tan still won't quit at the time of this posting. - The leader of the organization whose letterhead was abused, Barbara Coe, said she had recieved death threats as a result of the mailing.

There are variations of the above translation that went from English to Spanish and back to English. - One line missing in most news accounts is the first paragraph:

"You are receiving this letter because you have recently registered to vote. If you are a U.S. Citizen, I urge you to participate in the democratic process of voting."

As stated by commenter Captain Nemo (who pointed this out to us) on my previous posting about Tan Nguyen, "By necessary elimination, the rest of the letter speaks to those who are NOT citizens, i.e., legal and illegal immigrants who have not been naturalized. Neither group is allowed to vote."

Also Gustavo Arellano of - The OCweekly dot com The Blotter - notes that the Spanish newspaper, La Opinion (largest Spanish newspaper in So. Cal) changed the wording of the original letter and wonders why. So do I!!!

Nguyen has been on the radio and apparently made a donkey (Democratic pet) of himself. - Republicans don't trust the guy because he just recently changed party affiliations and appears to be just a wannabee politician. - Democrats want him out because they don't need the competition against their incumbent congresswoman. Tan is just losing all the way around. He still won't quit. You must admit he does have tenacity.

I can still find nothing about the death threats or indications of who forged the letterhead. The words in the letter itself I still think are no big deal. Legal and illegal non-citizens are not supposed to vote and some do. The letter merely told them what they already knew but the letter itself is what everyone seems to concentrate on.

I thought forgery through the USPS is a federal offense. - That is where the real story is. - For that answer we will have to wait a bit longer.

I'd like to know who forged the letterhead. Maybe it was the same person who forged the Rathergate Memos!!!


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